City of Wats

Trip Start May 18, 2003
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Friday, August 22, 2003

I woke up yesterday morning nursing a cold and didn't quite feel up to booking myself on a trek, so I went walking around the old city visiting various Wats (temples). While making my way to the north west corner of the city I came across the Computer Plaza and spent a while looking through the hardware shops and pirated CD stalls. They had a healthy selection of D2B live albums (a Thai boy band used in a current makeup add) featuring the infamous BIG (presumably the lead singer - who seems to appear on all manner of merchandise including jigsaw puzzles).

After sitting outside on a bench for a few minutes reading my book, I was joined by a monk who started talking to me. Not understanding a word he said I replied with the appropriate Thai phrase to explain that I didn't understand Thai. During the following couple of minutes it transpired that he knew very little Thai also, as he was from a hill tribe village 25km away. Once we agreed on a common language (English thankfully) we had an interesting chat, if somewhat stunted by vocabulary. He was doing a bit of component shopping for his PC, for some reason it seemed a little odd to me to be talking to a Monk about the pros and cons of DDR RAM. If I have time later today I may try to make the Monk Chat session held at a Wat west of the city.

The rest of yesterday afternoon was spent walking around some of the more famous landmarks of the city and even more Wats, there is almost one on every corner. For a change I went for an Indian dinner near my guesthouse but the portions were tiny so I had my main course back at Blue Diamond (Thai green curry rice and a chocolate banana shake).

This morning I am feeling a little better but still not up to trekking for hours in the hills of Northern Thailand. After some Rambutans for breakfast I went looking for another place to stay. The Moonlight Guest House is very nice but my mattress is probably the most uncomfortable I have ever slept on. It is like sleeping on a wooden bench - completely solid! Having seen one place already that looked a little grim I am working my way south through the old city.
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